Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28772
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Mighty Argentina 0 – 3 Little Croatia. How we laughed. How we cheered. It just goes to show that sometimes football can be enjoyed.
Thanks to Giovanni for keeping the difficulty level down on a day when I am standing in for Deep Threat who must be fed up with abroad by now and ready to come home.
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5a Enchanted — and about to get hurt (7)
CHARMED: Begin with the Latin abbreviation for about. Add the past participle of a verb meaning to be hurt
7a Preface for this writer written retrospectively (5)
PROEM: Place a three-lettered word meaning for, (the opposite of con). Add the reverse (written retrospectively) of the personal pronoun that depicts today’s puzzle setter
9a Duck when escort gets hit (6)
SCOTER: Anagram (gets hit) of ESCORT
10a Article about group of people in the middle of Russia, Muslims (8)
SARACENS: Place a version of the indefinite article used before words beginning with a vowel sound around the letter A from the clue and a word synonymous with a group of people or a nation. Wrap the two middle letters of the word Russia around what you have. An insertion clue. Put something inside something inside something
11a Detected journalist’s halo maybe! (10)
DISCOVERED: Split 4,4,2 we have an example of what a halo is in shape. A word meaning above and our usual senior journalist.
13a Place of bitterness not keeping quiet (4)
SITE: Find a word meaning bitterness and remove the letter that denotes quiet in musical notation
14a Flexing muscle, sire is carrying one powerful weapon (6,7)
CRUISE MISSILE: Anagram (flexing) of MUSCLE SIRE IS and the letter that looks like the number one
16a Fool cuts material short (4)
CLOT: Find a word that means material generally (woven or felted fabric made from wool, cotton, or a similar fibre) and remove its final letter (cut short)
17a William Brown’s friend mad for biscuits (6,4)
GINGER NUTS: William Brown is the main character in the Just William series of books by Richmal Crompton which are still in print today even though their author died nearly fifty years ago. We need the name of one of his gang which were known as the Outlaws. Add a word meaning mad to find a popular biscuit
19a Unmarried female writer having time wasted (8)
MISSPENT: Begin with an unmarried female. Add what you might be writing with. Add the abbreviation for time.
20a Notice old politicians making off-the-cuff comments (2-4)
AD-LIBS: Use the shortened form of advertisement (notice) add some old abbreviated and plural politicians of the Jeremy Thorpe era.
22a Superficial brightness of hospital noticed on the outside (5)
SHEEN: Start with the abbreviation for hospital and wrap around the outside of this a word meaning noticed
23a Son gets box — one greedy for chocolates, maybe? (7)
SCOFFER: Start with the abbreviation for son. Add a strong box or chest for keeping valuables
1d Stay to hear Terry who was held hostage (4)
WAIT: A soundalike clue based upon a chap who worked for The Archbishop of Canterbury back in the nineteen eighties and whose name deserves better than to be used in a crossword puzzle in this way. Sorry setter. I am not impressed
2d Independent politician travels here and there for rallies (8)
IMPROVES: Use three abbreviations that signify independent politicians. Add the plural of a verb meaning to travel endlessly with no destination
3d Sort of town Communist liberated (6)
SPARED: A type of town such as Leamington, Droitwich or Woodhall is placed before our usual term for a communist
4d Study period said to be right (10)
CONCESSION: A two-part charade. A word meaning to study or read up on followed by a homophone (said) of a period of time devoted to a particular activity. Training for example Thanks to Rabbit Dave for pointing out an error earlier.
5d Plants needing some drastic action (5)
CACTI: A hidden word (some) hidden amongst the words of the clue
6d Rebellious minister is cad and is prejudiced (13)
DISCRIMINATES: Anagram (rebellious) of MINISTER IS CAD
8d Marine creature mum has eaten — horrible! (7)
MANATEE: Begin with an informal term for your mother and add an anagram (horrible) of EATEN
12d Ladies keep a tally of letters, we hear (10)
COUNTESSES: Split 5,5 How we might keep a tally followed how we say and would spell the plural of a particular letter A’s, B’s C’s won’t work. Go through the alphabet to see what might.
14d Underground workers not given right dogs (7)
COLLIES: Remove the letter R (not given right) from a coal miner (underground worker)
15d Designer, the female artist leading French fashion (8)
SHERATON: This designer of furniture can be found by using a female pronoun, an member of The Royal Academy and a noun meaning either fashionable society or fashionable style or distinction
17d Author sounding fresh (6)
GREENE: The author of Travels With My Aunt sounds young and inexperienced
18d Mount or hill in which sailor is buried (5)
TABOR: Two crosswordland favourites unite here. A hill and a sailor. Place the able-bodied seaman inside (is buried) the hill. A hill such as Mam in Derbyshire for example. Or Cox and Fox on Dartmoor.
21d Biography, story about France’s leader (4)
LIFE: The story here is an untruth. Place it around the leading letter of the word France
Considering how I used to struggle on Friday’s to complete a puzzle this one went in with very few passes. I think it is at the easier end of the scale used by Giovanni. Explaining clues for several years has sharpened my solving skills. Beware of Big Dave’s Crossword Site. Your solving times will reduce significantly leaving more time for mischief.
Quickie Pun. Beam+Oddest=Be Modest